Early Careers – the best introduction to construction

Why construction?

The construction industry is a rare environment where qualifications, experience and gender won’t stop anyone from developing a long term, successful career in the industry, as there’s an opportunity for everyone!

When it comes to careers, there’s not much that the construction industry doesn’t offer! Designer, Planner, Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, HR Assistant, Accountant, a role in information technology, or engineering are just a sample of what is on offer in this massive opportunity industry.

It’s not just the training, development and ongoing support you’d receive in helping you nurture your career with career path choices on offer, but the salaries are competitive and there are an appealing variety of benefits available on joining.

It’s a world of innovation – green skills and digitalisation are integral to the future of sustainable construction which means that a career in construction is far from traditional! You could be working at the forefront of competitive environmental projects and Tilbury Douglas has an extensive portfolio of exciting projects and a healthy order book of future projects you could be involved in.

Construction is an exciting and transformative industry that offers real choices and is contributing towards a sustainable, green environment. It’s so much more than bricks and mortar – it’s the future of our built environment and our planet!

Why Tilbury Douglas?

So, where better than to join Tilbury Douglas where across our different business units we offer both exciting and varied projects providing the perfect opportunity for you to fulfil your career ambitions within construction!

The things that make us different make us stronger, which is why diversity plays such a key role in Tilbury Douglas. An inclusive culture drives business success and benefits everyone. It’s a rewarding environment that welcomes everyone and, like most construction companies, we want to actively break down preconceived ideas of construction and encourage more people to come and work in construction, especially females. We know by introducing a diverse workforce, new ways of thinking and innovative approaches which have not yet been explored will be introduced and everyone makes a difference, including you!

At Tilbury Douglas we invest in our people. Their health and wellbeing are integral to what we do. The people make Tilbury Douglas the ideal place to start your career journey. So come and join our team and be part of building a career in construction!

Our passion is our people

Passion is at the core of our business – defining our work, our culture and all our daily interactions. We’re also passionate about recruiting and developing our own talent pipeline for the future. 

We focus on your skills and passions, not just your qualifications and education. With our diverse range of disciplines and variety of work, you’ll easily find your perfect role. Join us and we’ll help you unlock your potential and help you reimagine the possible whilst developing an inspiring and brilliant career in construction.

We have teams of professionally qualified colleagues who will support you to help you reach your full potential. We work with a range of different clients delivering exceptional projects across a range of our business units.

It’s our people that make Tilbury Douglas a success. We believe our inclusive culture encourages new ways of thinking, enabling us to innovate whilst maintaining our resilience. 

That’s why Tilbury Douglas is such a great place to work!

What’s important to you is just as important to us!

It’s important when choosing an employer and company to work for that their values align to yours.

At Tilbury Douglas, our values are what we believe in and how we operate to achieve outcomes. All employees can be recognised and rewarded for their positive contribution by ‘Anytime Awards’ which can be issued by anyone in the company acknowledging another work colleague.

Do our values align with yours?

Take pride in what you do

We celebrate our achievements, share our experiences and define the next best-practice standards for future generations across our business.

Everyone has a voice

We strive to bring more diversity into our business through recruitment and specialist partnerships, and with diversity comes a strong culture of inclusivity. We ensure that everyone’s voice is heard through open-door policies and community events throughout the business.

Do the right thing

We go to the nth degree for our clients, always approaching a project with a can-do attitude that is grounded in experience.

Bring better to life

We challenge ourselves and our clients to push our work further, to deliver a greater, sustainable and societal impact.

Meet some of our people

Case studies

We asked a few of our team what their experience has been like working at Tilbury Douglas. View our case studies below.

Luke Nodder


Maisie Degville-Jones

Assistant Quantity Surveyor

Lewis Nim

Graduate Quantity Surveyor

James Ford

Apprentice Design Manager

Maisy Swift

Apprentice Quantity Surveyor

Jamie Sims

Trainee Electrical Engineer

Jack Hollins

Apprentice Civil Engineer

Callum Ferguson

Graduate Quantity Surveyor

A day in the life of…

What does a typical day look like for our employees? Find out below!

Finn Flaherty

Construction Management Graduate

Lucy Quinn

Construction Management Placement

Tyler Boudir

Engineer Apprentice

James Ford

Design Management Apprentice

Jack Hulme

Quantity Surveying Apprentice

Meet the Hiring Manager

There are always questions you would really like to ask even before applying for a job and we understand that. So, we’ve asked some of our Hiring Managers the same questions about different roles we will be actively recruiting for to ensure you get more of an insight!

Vince Kesterton

Hiring for apprentices

Benefits package

Our benefits package includes:
  • Competitive salary
  • 26 days annual leave
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Defined contribution pension scheme matched up to 8%
  • Two days volunteering opportunities
  • Flexible and agile working (dependent on your role)
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Professional membership fees
  • Flexible benefits scheme
Find out more

Apprenticeships, graduates and placements

If you’re looking to complete an apprenticeship, join our graduate scheme or join us for a year out or summer placement, you’ll find everything you need to know below.

Frequently asked questions

Visit our careers site and you can search by the job title or location. It will bring up details of the role and if it’s the one you’re looking for then you can apply.

Yes – we support iOS and Android devices.

You can apply for as many jobs as you feel match your experience and skill set.​​​​​​​ Please check the location. If the location where you have applied is different from where you are currently situated, remember to include on your application that you’re looking to relocate or you’re moving to another area.

The criteria will vary for each role but typically we will look at education, accreditation and charterships, past career history, responsibilities in previous positions, sector experience and transferable skills.​​​​​​​

We are committed to having a more diverse workforce and better representing wider society. If you have a disability, health condition and/or are neurodiverse and may benefit from some adjustments and support then just ask. We do not want our hiring process to be a barrier for you. Our recruiters will work with you to learn more about your support needs and identify reasonable adjustments that will help you to be at your best. You will not need to provide proof to support your request – we trust you.

The timetable is published on each advert which will provide a closing date.​​​​​​​

For our Early Career opportunities at Tilbury Douglas, we are only able to consider applicants who are currently legally eligible to work in the UK as we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for any early careers position including the graduate scheme.

We do not offer detailed feedback due to the high volume of applications that we receive and the quick turnaround of the process, however we do provide any tests results for any tests you have undertaken as part of the recruitment process and will supply you with application tips should you be unsuccessful.

We ask you to complete a diversity questionnaire as part of our recruitment process to help us understand the diversity of our applicants and whether there are any representational gaps. While it is voluntary to disclose this information, we strongly encourage our applicants and employees to complete the diversity questionnaire. This allows us to continually monitor and improve our process, ensuring it is inclusive to everyone regardless of background.

Your data will be used for statistical and monitoring purposes only, informing our inclusion and diversity strategy. 

Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all data is held in line with legal data privacy requirements, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Certainly. We review all applications anew. If you have not been successful previously, please utilise the feedback provided and apply again.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept late applications to any role as our applicant tracking system will not allow it. All applications must be completed via our website, we cannot accept CVs and cover letters that are emailed to us. We publish all application dates on our website and send candidates reminders to submit.

If you are having any technical issues, please email td.recruitment@tilburydouglas.co.uk.

Depending on the role, you could be based in an office, on site or both. Click here to see where our offices are located.

Check out our ‘recruiting tips’, ‘CV tools & tips’ and ‘prepare great questions for your interviewer’ in addition to all the great information our website provides.

Note for recruitment agencies:
We do not use agencies for any of our Early Careers’ positions.